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Sealants: How do dental sealants work?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

My son actually enjoyed the dentist!

My son is two years old and already had a cavity. He had a horrible experience at another pediatric dentist. Dr. Mudd and her staff made this experience amazing. He actually enjoyed the dentist!

Welcome to my blog!

I would like to be the first to welcome you to Ridgeview Pediatric Dentistry.  We are glad you found us and look forward to building a long lasting relationship with your family!

One of my goals is to provide you with all the tools and knowledge that you need to ensure that your child has a healthy and happy smile.  I hope to use this blog for exactly that purpose!  Please check back often for helpful tips and information for your family. 

I also love to hear your feedback!   If there are dental topics that I don’t cover, or any information that you might be interested in hearing about, just let me know.

Cheers!

Dr. Cara Mudd

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What is a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. We treat only infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health needs. As Pediatric Dentists, Dr. Mudd and Dr. Villaseñor have two additional years of specialized training following dental school.

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

We recommend a check-up every six months in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. At each visit we will discuss oral hygiene and diet to help support your efforts in preventing cavities. We also believe that this frequency helps young children build a positive relationship with our office and team. 

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

We recommend you clean your baby’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. A brush designed specifically for infants with a small brush head is preferred. The toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Your baby’s teeth should be brushed at least once daily, preferably at bed time. Make sure you brush AFTER your baby has their last bottle or cup of milk at night so they go to bed with clean teeth.

How can parents help prevent tooth decay?

First, start with regular dental check-ups at Ridgeview Pediatric Dentistry. During these visits we can recommend a specific home prevention program of brushing, flossing, and dietary habits that parents can utilize and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. In addition to a beautiful smile, teeth also help children speak clearly and chew naturally. They also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.